There was some really good news today that Fabricio Coloccini went off at half time on Saturday, only because he felt a tightness in his thigh and he didn’t want to risk it, but he says he will be fit for Newcastle’s opener against Tottenham on Saturday.
Good shot of Fabricio on Saturday in first half
That’s the good news but the bad news is that he will join up with the Argentine squad to play in Germany on Wednesday night at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, so we have to hope he comes through that game OK, but we wouldn’t think he would play any more than 45 minutes.
The Newcastle medics have assessed Fab’s injury and it seems to be nothing, and his thigh simply tightened up in the first half, but now he has to navigate through the International in Frankfurt on Wednesday evening.
We will not even mention that it would be an absolute disaster if Colo is injured playing for his country, and we had enough of that with Michael Owen playing for England and coming back injured far too often.
It’s interesting that it was Alan Pardew who decided to take Colo off at half time on Saturday, and the Argentine wanted to play on in that friendly, but Colo is such a vital player for Newcastle at the back, that it would be very bad if he gets injured.
Coloccini has spoken to the Newcastle press today to allay fans’ fears about his injury:
“It is OK. I just felt tight, it was nothing.” “I wanted to play on before I wanted to work against another team.” “Yes – I’ll be ready for the opener.” “The fans are always class. No matter how we play they cheer us.”
“But we have to apologise to them for this. I am sure they will be back at our stadium in great numbers.” “They understand that it was a friendly.” “Now, like the fans, we are looking forward to Tottenham.”
“We have to recover from it. But we will have games like this.” “We will look at the mistakes and do better next time.”
Colo’s right there, that you go through a season and review each game, and hopefully learn from the mistakes you make, so you don’t make them again – and it’s hopefully continuous improvement.
But it seems Colo is determined to link up with the Argentine squad in Germany this week, and of course he will be keen to get back into the Argentine side again, so you cannot blame him much for that.
Colo talked about the Argentine game and that he was still going:
“Yes, I will go. I am pleased to play for my country.”
It’s hardly surprising that Newcastle tried to talk him out of going to Germany, but he’s going, and we’ll be a little bit nervous on Wednesday evening, until we hear he’s OK.